Photographer's Note

If you check my gallery you will notice that I am not a “street photographer”, I am more for natural landscape or architecture. However, never say never, and one day walking by the downtown of Santiago, I saw this pair of mounted police officers (female and male) in the middle of Santiago’s downtown. They are usually assigned to parks, beaches, etc. but this time they were just standing in the middle of this busy pedestrian road. Although the result of the scanning is far from good, I decided to post this one to show a part of daily life of my country.

Quoting from Wikipedia:
The current mission of the Carabiniers is to maintain or re-establish order and security in Chilean society through civic education, service to the community, the preservation of order and public security and, in a war situation, act like a paramilitary force (all their members have military training). Under the current Chilean constitution the Carabiniers are integrated directly into the armed forces in a state of emergency to better guarantee order. Carabineros are commonly informally called "pacos", akin to English "cops". They also have a SWAT-kind special forces for counter operations called GOPE (Grupo de Operaciones Policiales Especiales - Special police operations Group).
“Paco" and "poroto verde" ("green bean") are Chilean slang terms for any member of the Carabineros. Unlike many Latin American police forces, the honesty of the Carabineros is a point of organizational and national pride, and any form of bribery or attempt thereof is severely punished. This applies both to the officers and to the person offering the bribe. Foreign visitors are warned of this in travel guides such a Lonely Planet. Another point of pride for the Carabineros is their horsemanship. Many officers are highly trained and skilled in the use of a horse for crowd control purposes as well as for sporting and show.

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